As COVID-19 Delta variant cases continue to surge in some parts of the country, a group out of Los Angeles is doing more than its part to fight the deadly virus.
Making a difference for South Pasadenans is the Los Angeles Elite Lions Club, which has contributed more than 60 boxes of hand sanitizers and disinfectant wipes that have been distributed to a variety of locations locally, some of which include City Hall, the library, the Senior Center, recreation services, the Giving Bank at Holy Family Catholic Church (along with other giving banks) and the South Pasadena Police Department.
The Delta variant continues to change California’s coronavirus landscape. U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) shows new research that even fully immunized individuals can contract the strain and pass it onto others. The resurgence in coronavirus cases in LA County has had an uptick, fueled by the Delta variant, found to be highly contagious.
Members of the LA Elite Lions Club, including some from its board, were recognized at the start of last week’s South Pasadena City Council for making the major donation and efforts to protect the public.
“It’s the largest donation of personal protective equipment (PPE) to our city, coming from my friends in the Chinese-American business community throughout the San Gabriel Valley,” explained South Pasadena Mayor Pro Tem Michael Cacciotti.
Sandra Tung, whom Cacciotti has traveled to China with on four different occasions, coordinated the donation effort with Kaiser Mo and members of the Los Angeles Elite Lions Club. Mo is the chairman of the Lions Club International GLT and Yaming Chen serves as president of the LA Elite Lions Club.
Cacciotti and two staff members from the South Pasadena Police Department recently drove to a warehouse in Alhambra, where they loaded a large amount of the PPE in the cargo department of a Ford pickup and returned to the city prepared to distribute the items around town.
“We couldn’t pack anymore,” said Cacciotti, eyeing the pickup’s full capacity. “We got tons of it. We are so grateful to receive this generous gift. We will be able to get these items into the hands of our seniors, those who are unhoused, and anyone who needs them.”